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Cost and risk-effective sourcing from new markets

Neutral, competent, cost-effective

You are planning to import? Fresh fruit and vegetables? Cut flowers? Technical wood? Natural ingredients for foods, pharmaceutics, cosmetics? We have the contacts you need and are at your side throughout the entire sourcing process.

We network you with the right exporters.

Accessing new sources of supply is labour intensive and time consuming. There are plenty of risks and unknowns. You  can reduce your initiation, agreement and control costs with the Import Promotion Desk. Gain certainty and time as we have the contacts, information and communication channels to your new foreign suppliers.

Hand in hand with the German private sector

The IPD is an initiative of the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen e.V.) and sequa gGmbH – the development organisation of German industry. We are funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

IPD UPDATE 1 // 2021

The Corona pandemic poses challenges for companies worldwide: Restrictions are making trade relationships more difficult. We reacted quickly at the start of the COVID-19 crisis and launched initial virtual formats to continue supporting our companies in IPD partner countries and bring together potential trading partners.

Read more about this in our IPD UPDATE.

»At the interface between development cooperation and foreign trade«

Interview with Dr. Julia Bellinghausen – Head of Import Promotion Desk
Dr. Julia Bellinghausen explains why supporting exports is an essential instrument in international development cooperation and outlines the IPD’s strategy for opening up the German and European markets to developing countries.
Read the entire interview

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»With the IPD we are closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade: By eliminating trade barriers and information deficits, we contribute to the improved participation of emerging and developing countries in the global economy, but also support German SMEs in developing new procurement markets.«

Gregor Wolf
Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA)

»It is important for developing countries and emerging nations to integrate into international value chains and thus obtain access to new sales markets. This is where the IPD makes a valuable contribution: it opens the German and European market to producers from these regions.«

Anja Gomm
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

»Organisations such as the IPD are valuable tools for the economy not only in Germany but also in partner countries. The IPD provides German importers with information and connects them with suppliers. Even more important is the fact that the IPD and its partner organisations evaluate the suppliers and the information beforehand and therefore minimize the risk for European importers. For exporters from foreign countries, the IPD is an excellent platform to present their products and to get in contact to potential clients.«

Christian Körting Pacheco
Biomaderas GmbH

"One should think that with today's technical facilities it is easy to find new suppliers and customers in other countries. In reality,  this is a time-consuming and personnel-intensive effort. The IPD offers ideal networking opportunities in a wide range of sectors, facilitating, for instance in the wood sector, the establishment of new and safe commercial relationships with emerging and developing countries."

Nils Olaf Petersen
Gesamtverband Deutscher Holzhandel e.V.

»The import of food as a primary commodity for the processing industry up to the final product plays a vital role when it comes to enabling consumers to choose from a variety of tasty and safe foods. An interface such as the IPD promotes and supports business contacts between importers and exporters and thus creates an ideal platform for mutual trade relationships which are the foundation for a diverse and healthy food supply.«

Dr. Helena Melnikov
Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse e.V.

»Exporters from emerging markets and developing countries and importers from Europe depend on all types of support from associations, Chambers of Industry and Commerce and other BMOs.The IPD is another useful tool to bring partners from Germany and abroad together.«

Hans Udo Bürk
Biotropic GmbH

»Numerous companies from the German nutrition industry depend on the import of high-quality food products.  Many of these raw materials cannot be grown in Germany at all or only to an insufficient extent. The Import Promotion Desk can play an important role in the establishment of a mutually satisfactory collaboration between food importers from Germany and reliable food exporters from selected commodity markets.«

Olivier Kölsch
Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie e.V.

News

 
Bonn/Berlin // 17.02.2021

IPD presents sustainable travel offers at virtual ITB Berlin NOW!

Free services: IPD brings European tour operators together with reliable partners from developing and emerging countries

Bonn/Berlin, 17.02.2021 - At this year's ITB, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will present its entire tourism offer with 25 travel providers from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia for the first time. The travel offers are individual, distinct from mass tourism and particularly consider sustainability criteria. The import promotion initiative, a project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has carefully selected the tourism companies and is now supporting them on their way to the European market. This year, the IPD's tourism offer is set to grow further, with the inclusion of Uzbekistan as a new partner country.

 

 
Bonn // 28.01.2021

IPD supports organic producers at Biofach eSPECIAL

Bonn/Berlin, 28/01/2020 - Nearly 40 producers from developing and emerging countries will be presented to European trade visitors by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at this year's Biofach. This year, the world's leading trade fair for organic food will take place in virtual form from February 17 to 19. For the seventh time, IPD together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), leading provider of in-ternational cooperation services, will present the wide range of organic products from developing and emerging countries under the motto "Organic Sourcing for Develop-ment". The Import Promotion Initiative’s free matchmaking services are open to all Euro-pean importers: IPD brings together traders from Europe with producers from developing and emerging countries.

 

 
Bonn // 24.11.2020

Opportunity for foreign trade: opening up new supply markets virtually

Import Promotion Desk supports companies with virtual fairs and B2B meetings

Bonn/Berlin, 24.11.2020 – The corona pandemic poses challenges for companies worldwide: contact restrictions make international trade relations and the search for new products and reliable suppliers more difficult. Many of the international trade fairs that serve as important contact exchanges have been postponed. Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has developed a variety of online services to continue its work. In virtual meetings and trade fairs, IPD experts support German and European companies in opening up new supply markets and connect them with selected producers from developing countries and emerging nations.

Events

Virtual trade fair // 09. - 12.03.2021
 
Virtual trade fair // 09. - 12.03.2021

ITB Berlin NOW

The International Tourism Exchange Fair (ITB) has been held in Berlin since 1966, but in 2021 everything will be different: Following the innovative trend, the ITB will take place in purely digital form from 9 to 12 March 2021. Visitors and exhibitors can look forward to three focal points: content, business, networking!

On this occasion, IPD will present carefully selected tour operators from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia.

Our partners offer unique experiences, foreign cultures and unforgettable moments in exotic places, far away from mass tourism. It is particularly important to them that their trips are in harmony with the nature and culture of the host country. 

We put European tourism professionals in touch with reliable tour operators in our partner countries. All providers were visited before the pandemic, carefully checked and prepared for the requirements of the EU travel market. 

Use the virtual ITB for individual discussions.

For further questions in advance please contact us: 

Nora Eichkorn

www.itb-berlin.de

 
Roundtable // 16.03.2021

IPD roundtable "Lightwood from Indonesia"

Exchange and development of innovative products from Indonesian light wood
IPD brings together light wood producers, importers and processing companies.

On March 16.03.2021, IPD is organizing a roundtable where Indonesian producers of light wood products as well as importers and processing companies can exchange their experiences and ideas.
The objective is to jointly define requirements for specific applications and develop product solutions in areas where weight plays a role, such as caravan manufacturing, moveable furniture, exhibition stand construction, etc.

This is because lightweight wood from Indonesia outperforms other types of wood not only because of its weight. Indonesian lightweight wood products from Albasia and Jabon can also easily keep up with the classics such as MDF, particleboard or poplar plywood in terms of gross density, screw pull-out resistance and bending strength.
Detailed information on the outstanding properties of lightweight wood is available here.

Benefit from the roundtable to exchange experiences and contribute your expertise to the development of new lightweight wood products.

We look forward to your participation.
To register and for further questions contact:

Frank Maul

Virtual B2B event // 17.03. - 26.03.2021
 
Virtual B2B event // 17.03. - 26.03.2021

IPD Virtual B2B Event - Lightweight timber from Indonesia

Discover the quality of Indonesian light wood products!
Establish contacts with reliable wood suppliers!

Many of the international trade fairs, which are important contact exchanges, have been postponed or cancelled. The search for new products and new suppliers is more difficult. IPD supports wood importers in this time with the virtual B2B event "Light Wood from Indonesia".

From 17 March - 26 March, 2021 interested purchasers have the opportunity to get to know reliable Indonesian producers inindividual online meetings.

Lightweight wood from Indonesia surpasses other types of wood not only because of its weight. Tests conducted by EPH Dresden have confirmed this: In terms of gross density, screw pull-out resistance and bending strength, Indonesian light woods of the Albasia and Jabon varieties can definitely keep up with the classics such as MDF, chipboard or poplar plywood. They thus offer an equivalent alternative to conventional wood-based materials.They are interesting for applications in areas where weight plays a role, such as caravan fabrications, moveable furniture, exhibition stand construction, etc.
Detailed information about the outstanding properties of lightweight wood you can find here.

All producers were selected and evaluated by the IPD. Criteria such as quality of the products, exportability and capacity as well as access to and use of legal wood from sustainable sources were taken into account. Some of the products have CE marking.

Use the IPD virtual B2B event for individual discussions and expand your supplier network.
Detailed information on our companies will be available here from mid-February.

To make an appointment or for further questions, please contact:

Frank Maul

Trade fair in Cologne // 04. - 07.05.2021
 
Trade fair in Cologne // 04. - 07.05.2021

interzum 2021

Convince yourself of the quality of Indonesian light wood products!
Establish contacts with reliable wood suppliers!

The interzum 2021 - the world's leading trade fair for the furniture manufacturing and interior design industry - is adapting to current circumstances and offering the fair as a hybrid event under the motto "Your space for the future - on-site and digital". 

In cooperation with ITPC (Indonesian Trade Promotion Center in Hamburg), IPD will present Indonesian companies with their high-quality products. Let yourself be convinced by the products made of fast-growing, light woods, such as blockboards and plywood from Jabon and Albasia. These are used in a variety of applications, including furniture and construction. Specialised companies in Germany offer customised coating solutions.

Lightweight wood from Indonesia surpasses other types of wood not only because of its weight. Tests conducted by EPH Dresden have confirmed this: In terms of gross density, screw pull-out resistance and bending strength, Indonesian light woods of the Albasia and Jabon varieties can definitely keep up with the classics such as MDF, chipboard or poplar plywood. They thus offer an equivalent alternative to conventional wood-based materials.

All producers were tested and selected by the IPD. Criteria such as quality of the products, exportability and capacity as well as access to and use of legal wood from sustainable sources were taken into account. Some of the products have CE marking.

Use the interzum for individual discussions.
To make an appointment or for further questions, please contact:

Frank Maul

www.interzum.de

Publications

 
Success Story

Fresh fruit & vegetables from Egypt

IPD successfully prepares young enterprise for the EU market

Creatick Pro was launched in 2017 with a lot of enthusiasm and a high-quality product range. Although their range was tailored for the EU market, a marketing strategy and contact to European partners were lacking. Creatick joined the IPD programme in autumn 2019, and the Egyptian enterprise is now rapidly conquering the European market.

Success Story
 
Success Story

Dates from Tunisia

IPD supports Demeter producer in setting up lasting trade partnerships

Beni Ghreb is the first company in Tunisia to be certified for its organic and biodynamic dates. Initially, however, it proved impossible to obtain the price for Demeter-certified dates for the entire production. Beni Ghreb therefore
applied for admission to the IPD programme with the aim of increasing sales of its products, especially to the organic sector in Europe. Since 2018, IPD has successfully liaised new business partners for Beni Ghreb.

 

 
Success Story

Organic peanuts from Egypt

Import Promotion Desk assists African growers in exporting ecological products

African countries offer a wide variety of top-quality products for which there is great demand on the EU market. Import Promotion Desk (IPD) introduces selected suppliers of organic foods to European traders. The Egyptian exporter Logistic Nuts for Agricultural Development is a new supplier which, with assistance from the IPD, has converted to ecological farming and is now capturing the market with organic peanuts.

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